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Truth…

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Truth is one of the most important things in life — truth matters — because without it, falsity reigns supreme in the dead mind.  A mind of deception is in (and of) the cadaverous fallacious.  So many separate groups and tribes of this little globe (and of so many similar, numerous globes) claim to bestow the truth to their members.  Profound truth, however, does not belong to any tribe, or group, or leader, and cannot be told.  Truth is too profound to be possessed by the indifferent masses; and the masses are often (externally and internally) in conflict — via their separative countries, borders, religions, leaders of friction, fears and perceptions involving distance from others — which is not truth.  Profound truth exists beyond mere symbols, separations, tribes, and conflict.  It cannot merely be handed over to another like a secondhand pair of pants.  Truth is a beautiful blessing, a living dynamic which cannot be achieved by mere effort (like some kind of dead trophy).  There are no steps to profound truth, for profound truth is not a dead, stagnant thing (like some static point on an inert map).  It comes not to any unmoving (so-called) separate center or internal agency of manipulation.  Truth’s beauty transcends space and time and mere sequential experience as patterns.

 Anemone-like (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Anemone-like (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 Anemone-like (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Anemone-like (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

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In terms of truth…

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In terms of truth
everyone thought the world was flat
except (of course) the
wise man
who saw the world was round

In terms of space
everyone thought from separation
except (of course) the
wise man
who perceived that he was sound

In terms of experience
everyone thought they had (and were not actually) the experiences
except (of course) the
wise man
who joyfully went beyond mere experience

In the backyard. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

In the backyard. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Be Careful!…

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later last night or maybe the other
one went walking, and not with your brother
whatever was scene was a part of the seen
then walked along nowhere with nothing between

unseasonable whether, weather you feel it or not
fossil fuels as greenhouseffect gases drive and fly a lot
golfing umpteen politicians sling us to war
making plenty of excuses about what fighting is fore

far from Teflon where sticking doesn’t matter
a happy wren eats oily seeds naturally fatter
an error in writin tis a beutaful ting
avoid Zika fliers early next spring

 

The Zika virus, as you have seen on the local news, is carried by mosquitoes, and is supposed to spread globally.  Pregnant women who are bitten can have children who are micro-cephalic.  I taught, before i retired, multiply handicapped students with mental retardation.  One girl, who i had at one time in my classroom — who was born to a mother who had Dengue Fever as the result of a mosquito bite — had a severe micro-cephalic condition.  When you would touch the top of her very small head, it was like touching a sponge; there was little skull support surrounding the brain.  She had very little awareness of her surroundings.  Be alert to where this virus is spreading.  Please, if it is an area where you live, seriously think about curtailing pregnancy; if you are already pregnant, please stay indoors and use all kinds of precautions.  Both of these viruses cause joint pain in people.  Be very careful!  (If it comes to the area where we live… you won’t be seeing as many nature photos from me.)  Hopefully, this disease will not be nearly as widespread as many scientists are saying.  This year, the Olympics in Rio are where the virus oriented mosquitoes currently exist; here,  and other parts of the world where this is happening, is where people  will be spraying like mad (which isn’t good for the environment, but may curtail much of the spreading, hopefully).  If people would stop vacationing to distant countries, it would help slow the spread and progression of this disease, plus the earth would be better off with less pollution from fossil fuels (which aircraft spew out like mad).  By releasing sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide higher in the atmosphere, aircraft allow molecules of pollution more time to trap heat, causing havoc for our environment.  These mosquitoes, scientists say, will spread by hiding in jet planes and other aircraft as they move from one country to another.   Sorry if this is a bit frightening… but this is a precarious thing.  One has seen what it can do.

Mosquito Eater. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Mosquito Eater. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

To be avoided. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

To be avoided. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

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Tweetie Revisited…

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Not long ago, one posted an article about Tweetie Pie, a Yellow Naped Amazon Parrot who lives with us and who seems to have well developed comprehension and language skills.  That previous article mentioned how Dr. Irene Pepperburg’s research on avian psychology suggests that many parrots have the mental understanding of a (human) 5 year old and the verbal capacity of a 2 year old.  We play learning videos and movies all day long for Tweetie and the two other birds who live with her.  They often, by the way, watch full length movies with as much interest and zeal as any human would.  When one walks into their room during a good movie, they don’t even look at what you are doing; and they watch the movie throughout its entire duration.  Anyone who lives with parrots (or dogs or other similar animals too) has the responsibility of exercising their minds and bodies daily.  With parrots, one can daily hold their feet and move them up and down and around repeatedly (so they vigorously flap their wings), so that they get substantial exercise; additionally, toys and fun objects can be given to them to play with often.  Being intelligent, they need a lot of attention and social interaction daily.  Be sure to daily exercise yourself too; many people don’t!

I am retired, and usually home, but earlier this week, Marla and i went to the doctors.  Later, that evening, i said to Tweetie, “What were you thinking about today, Tweetie?”  Tweetie responded with: “About you!”  I then said, “How sweet; thank you, Tweetie!”  Later, while i was preparing the birds’ food next to a large perch that she was on, i said to her, “Do you want a piece of apricot?”  She said, “I do.”  Earlier, when we were at the doctor’s office, one of the nurses we were talking with said that her parents have a parrot that talks with good comprehension.  We sure know what that is about!  Whenever Tweetie talks, it always has relevant meaning; it is not just mimicry.  

I used to be a teacher of students who were multiply handicapped and who had mental retardation.  I know, good and well, that correctly answering a question pertaining to the abstract concept of “thinking” takes a rather high level of cognitive processing.  Lately, over the last few days, one has been talking to Tweetie about simple philosophy and perception “beyond thinking.”  One, of course, has kept things very simple.  When i first told Tweetie that one can look at things without thinking — such that everything is “one thing” — she looked all around carefully as if she got something out of what i said.  A few nights ago, i again talked about philosophical things — you know how it’s in my blood — and suggested looking at everything as not just being separate, but together as one.  I held my hand, with fingers spread, in front of her, and said that each finger was different from the other fingers.  Mentioning that each finger can look and act differently, i wiggled my fingers in different ways.  Then i pointed out that though each finger is different, they are all connected (and not separate), and all are together as one hand.  I said that all of us are like the fingers — all being as one thing.  I said that it is good to go beyond thinking now and then, and to look at everything as if for the first time, without just seeing things as being separate.  As i turned away from her to prepare their food, Tweetie said, “You are right!”  (This was the first time she has ever said that… and we didn’t teach it to her.)  She wasn’t brown-nosing, either; she is brutally honest.  One day, recently, for instance,  i reprimanded one of the other parrots for screaming too loud, and later in the evening, Marla opened the door to the avian room to reprimand me for having their TV on too loud.  I was in their room preparing their food at the time, and said, “Marla, is like an old grouch today.”  Tweetie then said, “You are too!” 

A couple of days after her response to my philosophical talk, i went into their area as they were watching the Muppets on television.  As i was sitting there eating a salad and watching it with them, there was an episode where western ranch hands were riding on top of cows and saying how much they loved the wonderful horses they were riding.  I laughed out loud, and said, “They’re not on horses; they are riding on cows!”  Tweetie said, “You are right!”  She was correct about her judgement of this last (factual) occurrence; whether she was correct regarding what i said philosophically is debatable (though very interesting).  Perhaps intelligent animals are more appreciative of going beyond dead symbols — and of seeing the value of direct perception — than most of us humans.  Tweetie will not likely ever go through profound enlightenment; but, then, neither will the vast majority of humans.  Usually, when i take Tweetie out for her daily exercising, i ask her how she is doing.  Her usual reply is “Pretty good!”  I’ve noticed that on those days that I’ve talked to her about going beyond thinking… she, instead, says, “I don’t know!”  Perfect answer!  People might easily say that i am nuts for talking philosophically to bird brains.  However, i have received more intelligent responses from my avian friends, lately, than i have from local humans in our area.

  

Eye of perception. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Eye of perception. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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That Placeless Place…

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Here is where the matter ends
beyond the tick of space and the edge of time
it’s a nowhere that can’t be bought
in a depth further than the superficial can find

True life is where the past is gone
a placeless place beyond thought’s deprivation
it’s an everywhere that is priceless
in a union beyond a learned separative station

Red Milkweed Borer. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Red Milkweed Borer. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Red Milkweed Borer. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Red Milkweed Borer. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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This Movement

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 True poise, as we have said, includes intelligence, compassion, awareness, humor, balance, and transcending separation and conflict.  Part of the reason that many of us don’t have it has to do with wrong education; or, despite a wrong education, many just don’t care to go beyond the parameters of limitation.

   In previous posts, some time ago, one wrote about the brain as being like two halves of a walnut… and about how certain surgeries splitting these two halves — by severing the corpus callosum — left each half not knowing what the other half was thinking.  So, in actuality, two fields of consciousness were produced from one field, via advanced surgery.  Therefore, times and evidence has changed; yet so many of us continue to cling to the erroneous (primitive) notion of a central “I,” a central “me” or controller.  For a very long time now, one — when thinking — instead of using the term “I,” has been using the words of “this movement.”  Of course, one doesn’t verbally say “this movement,” instead of “I,” when actually talking to others; (things are at a rather unrefined and strangely unpolished level here in the Midwest U.S.A., and the rest of the world, so one just talks to them in the way that they are familiar with.)

   Clinging to the notion of a central “I,” by repeatedly using it, reinforces the perception and feeling of separation.  We were taught to function in (and “as”) this separation throughout our lives; just look at all of the competition and indifference in the world.  This separation includes — and involves — internal and external forms.  “I” am apart from “you.”  If “I” hurt “you,” “I” will not be hurt.  This “I” thinks that it is apart from the fears that “it has.”  This “I” is supposedly apart from the jealousy that it can later “deal with.”  This “I” is supposedly something separate from the unhealthy habits that “it has.”  This “I” is supposedly apart from other organisms; and it is “their” suffering.  This “I” is going to quiet thoughts in order to “get something spectacular out of it.”  This “I” has freedom to do whatever “it” pleases.  

   Instead of thinking “I,” thinking “this movement,” however, doesn’t tend to reinforce the notion of any (so-called) center (that is fictitious anyway) from everyone else.  “This movement” can include — and does include, in a big way — everyone else.  (Therein lies responsibility.)  “This movement” need not be separate from the perceptions that take place, including butterflies and fears.  Fear may not be separate from what “this movement” is; however, thinking there is an “I” that is separate from fear, controlling it or managing it freely, is conflict and utter nonsense.  When “this movement” is used, it negates a lot of energy wasting conflict that inherently goes along with the separative (erroneous, crass) concept of a central “I.”  Eternity, the sacred and the timeless exists, but it has little to do with robotic, fragmentary, illusory, virtual, isolated, central images; that is one of the reasons why “this movement” is sharing this.

Defying gravity. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Defying gravity. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016